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From its founding 5 years ago, YSRP has used “mitigation,” or the telling of one’s life story, to center the voices of children in adult court, because we know that a single moment or act should not forever define a child. Their strengths, their goals for their future, and their humanity should.

Read Isheem’s story here. Isheem is one of 47 youth client-partners whom we’ve worked with since we started YSRP five years ago. Mitigation has been particularly important in Philadelphia, a city that has sentenced more children to spend the rest of their lives in prison than any other city on the planet. For Juvenile Lifers, or children who were automatically sentenced to life in prison without parole when they were under 18, powerful storytelling matters in court. Building the contextual narrative matters particularly for those who have been pushed to the margins. Perhaps no one exemplifies this more than Terrance Lewis. Read Terrance’s story here.

Please make a #GivingTuesday gift and help us reach our goal of raising $50,000 today. YSRP partners with children, and with adults who were charged as children, to tell their stories in court, and bring dignity to court processes that, for too long, have denied it -- especially for children. Join us in celebrating YSRP’s first 5 years, and help pave the way for a future in which children are seen as children -- and are no longer charged in the adult justice system.
With gratitude,

Annie, Cameron, Eleanor, Emily, Joanna, John, Katie & Lauren

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